Internet tax research, once a novelty, is now the standard, with a number of publishers offering publications that are only available online."We still subscribe to some paper products, but using the Web-based versions is much more efficient," said Cindy Hockenberry, tax information analyst at the Appleton, Wis.-based National Association of Tax Professionals. "The transition in going from paper to online was not as difficult as we anticipated. Books are still useful where you know where a topic is that you researched before, but the search engines on the different platforms make up for that. And it's incredibly helpful to have immediate access to all the cross references that you might not have thought about."

"We use the Internet for research more than anything else," revealed Misty O'Brien, tax manager at Hilo, Hawaii-based Takita, Iwata, Hara & Associates LLC. "It's so much easier to search and know that you're getting the most up-to-date information."

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